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Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Lehigh University, Special Collections, Lehigh Codex 10. Naples, Italy, Second half 15th century. This late fifteenth-century manuscript, written on paper, contains a compilation of alchemical texts assembled and copied by Arnold of Brussels. For the most part, it was made in Naples between 1472 and 1490, as often noted at the end of works (for example, fols. 149r, 182v, 196v). A group of works in the middle of the volume appear to be in a different, possibly German, hand (fols. 79-101). As...
Topics: Alchemy, 15th century, Italy
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 34. Paris, France, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Bible written in Paris, France.
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Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History, Othmer MS 1. Bergamo?, Milan?, Pavia?, Como?, Northwestern Italy, Probably before 22 December 1438. This manuscript contains a recipe collection with more than 520 different recipes on topics ranging from alchemy and medicine to solutions for simple household problems such as fleas, with an extensive alphabetical index.
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 31. Oxford?, England, Circa 1230. This manuscript is a Vulgate Bible written in England in the second quarter of the thirteenth century. It has typical layout in two columns and decorations of red and blue initials, running titles, and chapter numbers. The Bible is followed by a concordance written in three columns.
Topics: Bible, Christian, England
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Lehigh University, Lehigh University, Special Collections, Lehigh Codex 18. Lyon?, France, First quarter 16th century. This Book of Hours of the Use of Rome was produced in France, likely in Lyon, in the second decade of the sixteenth century. The miniatures are similar in style to those of the Master of the Entry of Francis I, named after a manuscript now in Wolfebüttel (Cod. Guelf. 86.4 Extrav.). The calendar (fols. 1r-12v) is illustrated with twenty-four bas-de-page vignettes showing the...
Topics: 16th century, France, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, LC 14 19. England, 15th century. This manuscript contains Statuta vetera (Old Statutes).
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, English
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 170. France Italy, Third quarter 13th century to first quarter 14th century. This volume contains Peter Lombard's Liber IV sententiarum (Four Books of Sentences) in two neat columns of text. It is embellished with large decorated initials at important divisions in the text, such as the start of the prologue and of each individual book (fols. 1r, 3r, 63r, 65r, 116v, and 156v). Its wide margins have been filled with copious notes and annotations in a number...
Topics: Treatise, 14th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 15. Italy, Third quarter 15th century. This is an Italian manuscript from the third quarter of the fifteenth century, which contains Paulus Orosius' Historiae adversus paganos.
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Humanistic
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Quaker & Special Collections
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Haverford College, Quaker & Special Collections, 1250 J2.16.10. Northern France, Circa 1200. This manuscript is an early thirteenth-century Bible with additional prayers and appendices. It features over fifty highly elaborate zoomorphic and inhabited initials with decorated initials throughout.
Topics: 13th century, Bible, France
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Library Company
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Library Company, 9. England, 13th century. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century English Bible that was presented to the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1768 by Dr. George Vaux of London. The books of the Bible are bound in an unusual order, in a later binding with signs of trimming. In the Hebrew scriptures, Psalms is followed by the minor prophets, then the major prophets, then the wisdom books. Leaves at the end of Ezekiel and the beginning of Daniel are missing (between fols. 307 and...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, English
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 32. Oxford?, England, Circa 1230. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Vulgate Bible, written in England, lacking the Psalms and the prologue before Genesis. Many of the numerous brief marginal notes have been trimmed. The Bible is followed by the end of an incomplete Interpretation of Hebrew Names, starting in the letter S (fols. 249r-251r), and three pages of medieval notes (fols. 251v-252v). The published account of the first two articles (out of...
Topics: Bible, Christian, 13th century
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 36. Padua or Venice, Italy, Circa 1260-1280. This Italian Bible was probably produced in either Padua or Venice in the second half of the thirteenth century. It features a classic Italian rotunda script, while the stylistic traits visible in the miniatures, such as the green flesh tones and highlighting of the drapery of the figures in the historiated initials, link this Bible to those produced by the renowned Italian scribe Giovanni da Gaibana of Padua at...
Topics: 13th century, Italian, Italy
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, LC 14 23. Italy, The watermark can be localized to Venice; february 27, 1460. The principal text in this legal compendium is Angelo de Gambiglioni's Tractatus de Malificiis (fols. 1r-102v). Other authors represented include Bartolus de Saxoferrato, Iacobus Butrigarius, and Iacobus de Arena. In all, forty-four texts are present though most are only excerpts. The colophon on fol. 103r informs us that the scribe for the first part of this volume was Johannes Batista...
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 138. Milan, Italy, 1459. This manuscript is a humanist copy of the first book of Jacques de Vitry's thirteenth-century history, on Jerusalem or the Orient. The manuscript is written in one hundred chapters whose titles are listed in a table of contents at the beginning of the volume. The colophon at the end of the table of contents (fol. 5r) records that Johannes de Camenago copied the manuscript in 1459 in Milan. At least one leaf of the preface (before...
Topics: History, 15th century, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by The Rosenbach
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The Rosenbach, Free Library of Philadelphia, MS 241/2. Angers?, France, According to the contemporary colophon, fol. 204v, written by order of René of Anjou for Louis Martel, seigneur d'Angierville, his councilor and chamberlain, in 1437; 1437. This imposing manuscript contains a trilogy of versified allegorical works by Guillaume de Deguileville (1295-before 1358), the popular Cistercian author whose works circulated widely in French. The first text contained in the manuscript is the...
Topics: Miscellany, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 28. Paris, France, Mid- 13th century. This compact Parisian bible contains the letter and prologue of Saint Jerome, the Latin text of the Vulgate, and an alphabetical list of Hebrew names with their interpretations. The final folio contains notes and finding aids in an early hand. The book was produced in the mid-thirteenth century. It is decorated with seven historiated initials (Saint Jerome, fol. 1r; the Seven Days of Creation, fol. 5r; Solomon Teaching,...
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Topics: 13th century, French, France
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 168. France, Early 14th century. This manuscript contains the Latin text of Petrus Comestor's biblical paraphrase, the Historia scholastica (fols. 1r-214v). It includes tables of contents for each book of scripture covered, as well as marginal glosses in near contemporary and later medieval hands in both drypoint and ink. The body text is helpfully annotated with running headings and chapter numbers, and this book also contains medieval foliation in ink....
Topics: Commentary, 14th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 10. Verona?, Northern Italy, Second half of the 15th century. This is an Italian manuscript from the second half of the fifteenth century, which contains: Pseudo-Eusebius' Epistola de morte Hieronomi ad Damasium; Pseudo-Augustine's Epistola de magnificentiis Hieronymi ad Cyrillum; Pseudo-Cyrillus' Epistola ad beatum Augustinum de miraculis Hieronymi; Sulpicius Severus' De vita beati Martini, his Tituli metrici de Santo Martino, and his Dialogus I-III; Gregory of...
Topics: Biography, 15th century, Christian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 37. Italy, Possibly made in Genoa or Naples; circa 1260-1280. This manuscript is a large Latin Bible with prologues and the Interpretationes Hebraicorum nominum. It was written in Italy in rotunda script between approximately 1260 and 1280, but the historiated and illuminated initials from the beginning of the Old Testament through the wisdom writings are by a French illuminator. An Italian illuminator is responsible for the decoration in the rest of the...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, French
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Free Library of Philadelphia, LC 14 10. England, Circa 1487. This manuscript contains the Statuta nova written circa 1487.
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, English
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History
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Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History, Othmer MS 2. Northern Italy, Between 1450 and 1475. This manuscript contains a miscellany of practical and theoretical alchemical texts with a full-page drawing of alchemical instruments.
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, Italy
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑1. Paris, France, Illuminated by the Orosius Master and his workshop, Paris, circa 1408-1410; circa 1408-1410. This manuscript is a deluxe illuminated copy of the first five books of Raoul de Presles's French translation of and commentary on Augustine's City of God, a theological and historical treatise countering the claim that the Roman Empire fell because of its conversion to Christianity. The French translation, commissioned by...
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, French
Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 247. Cirencester?, England, Late 12th century or early 13th century. This manuscript contains imperfect copies of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Anglorum (fols. 1r-25v) and of William of Malmesbury's Gesta regum Anglorum (fols. 26r-55v), two important twelfth-century English historical texts. The Historia ends part-way through chapter XVI of book VII, and the Gesta contains only the first three books (and ends imperfectly). The manuscript was made in...
Topics: 12th century, 13th century, England
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑13. France, Mid to late 15th century. This Book of Hours for the Use of Rome contains an unusually dense iconographic cycle which includes fifty-three large miniatures and many smaller marginal scenes. It was produced in Northern France, most likely Paris, in the last decade of the fifteenth century. The calendar, in French (pp. 1-24), is illustrated on each page with seven or eight small miniatures housed within architectural frames,...
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Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 169. Italy, Early 14th century. This manuscript is an early fourteenth-century French copy of the third edition of Petrus de Riga's Aurora, a commentary on the Bible in verse. The format of the volume is tall and thin. Running titles indicate the book of the Bible at the top of each page. Simple initials in red and blue and rubrication in red appear throughout the text. Leaves may be missing at the end. A 1915 letter from Wilfrid Voynich to John Frederick...
Topics: Commentary, 14th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1883‑53. Tuscany?, Italy, Circa 1300. This manuscript is a large Italian antiphonary for the feasts and ferial days from Easter through the end of the liturgical year. The chants are written in square notation on four-line staves and the Latin texts are written in rotunda script, with red and blue initials throughout and large decorated initials in red, blue, and yellow. The first quire (fols. 1-7) contains chants for Epiphany and ends with a...
Topics: 13th century, 14th century, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Quaker & Special Collections
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Haverford College, Quaker & Special Collections, Rendel Harris 1. Northern Spain, Most likely from Tudela, Burgeos, or Soria in northern Spain, based on the Sephardic script, use of a reed pen, eight sheets per quire, sequence of books after Malachi, and the page pricking method, according to Rachel Beckwith; 1266. This manuscript is a Hebrew Bible with a colophon dated 5026 (1266), written in Spain, probably Tudela, Burgeos, or Soria. It has an unusual book order after the Prophets, only...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, Sephardi
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 31. Northern Europe, 15th-16th century. This is a fifteenth- or sixteenth century breviary from Northern Europe.
Topics: 15th century, 16th century, Breviary
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by The Rosenbach
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The Rosenbach, Free Library of Philadelphia, MS 443/21. Angers?, France, Circa 1460-1480. This short rhymed poetic work by Georges Chastellain, entitled L'outré d'amour pour amour morte, is an example of a Roman à clef, a narrative describing actual events presented as a fictional account using altered names. The manuscript was likely produced in Western France in the 1460s or 1470s, judging by the style of the bâtarde script and the four unframed miniatures (four more spaces for miniatures...
Topics: Accounts, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 82. Germany, 1464. This manuscript contains a copy of Vitae patrum dated 1464.
Topics: Biography, 15th century, German
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 236. Paris, France, Early 14th century. This manuscript is a Breviary made in Paris early in the fourteenth century for the Franciscan Use of Rome, and contains lists of the ferial antiphons, feasts, absolutions, and blessings (fols. 1r-11v), a calendar (fols. 13r-24v), a liturgical psalter (fols. 25r-263r), the temporale and sanctorale cycles of feasts (fols. 266r-533v), the Little Office of the Virgin (fols. 534r-552r), the Office of the Dead (fols....
Topics: Breviary, 14th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 11. Tournai, Belgium, First half 11th century. This manuscript is from the first half of the eleventh century from Tournai, which contains the texts of Gregory the Great's Ten Homilies on Ezekiel, Radbod II's Sermo de nativitate Mariae Virginis, and selected brief moral maxims and exhortations. The manuscript has belonged to the collections of the Marquess of Blandford at White Knights, Henry Drury, and Sir Thomas Phillipps, among others.
Topics: 11th century, Belgium, Homilary
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 69. Bavaria?, Germany, Late 14th century. This manuscript is a late fourteenth-century German manuscript containing a Chart of Consanguinity and the Schwabenspiegel Landrecht (Common Law of the Swabians).
Topics: Document, 14th century, German
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 92. France Flanders?, In the border surrounding the miniature of the Crucifixion (fol. 84r) are two unidentified coats-of-arms, possibly of the family for whom the manuscript was originally made; mid-fifteenth century. This mid-fifteenth-century Book of Hours of the Use of Paris contains a calendar with numerous saints venerated in the region of Laon and Soissons. The Gospel Lessons are followed by the Obsecro te, O intemerata, and Salve regina misericordia...
Topics: 15th century, French, France
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 185. Paris, France, Several entries indicate usage in northwestern or central France, especially Savianus (Aug. 25; first archbishop of Sens), Amatus (Sept. 13) and Bercharius (October 16), both celebrated at the Abbey of Sens; several English saints suggest possible English ownership: Cuthbert (March 20; graded), Abbani (Albanus) (June 22; graded), Suithuni (Swithun) (July 2), Edmund (November 20); lacking important English saints like Dunstan (May 19) and...
Topics: Psalter, 13th century, France
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 137. Spain, 12th century. This manuscript is a 12th century copy, written in Spain, of the Sententiarum of St. Isidore (ca. 560-636), bishop of Seville and one of the Doctors of the Church. The Sententiarum is a collection of theological writings meant to serve as a manual for the clergy. Most of the passages were culled from the works of Gregory the Great and St. Augustine. It is divided into three parts and covers subjects such as creation, the nature of...
Topics: Treatise, 12th century, Christian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 25. Piedmont, Italy, Fourth quarter 15th century. This is a book of hours from the fourth quarter of the fifteenth century from Italy, Use of Rome. There are eleven full-page miniatures surrounded by full borders, which include the full Infancy cycle for the Hours of the Virgin, as well as miniatures for the Short Hours of the Cross and the Short Hours of the Holy Spirit. Previous owners include the Discalced Augustinians of San Carlo, Turin in the eighteenth...
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, Italy
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Widener 9. Amiens?, France, Likely made in Amiens; calendar contains Saints Firminus (25 September, fol. 17r), Honoratus (16 May, fol. 15r), and Fuscian and his companions (11 December, fol. 18v); mid to late 13th century. This manuscript is a thirteenth century Psalter-Hours made in northern France, likely Amiens. It features twelve full-page miniatures constituting a prefatory cycle of the life of Christ, in addition to seventeen historiated initials. The...
Topics: Psalter-Hours, 13th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑20. Armenia, 16th century. This manuscript is a liturgical psalter and perpetual calendar for the Armenian church. Psalms 1-147 are divided into eight canons, each of which is divided into seven sections. Canticles from the Old Testament follow each canon. Psalms 148-150 are followed by the canticle of the Three Hebrew Children, the three New Testament canticles, Psalm 151, the prayer of Manasseh, and the prayer composed by Saint...
Topics: Psalter, 16th century, 17th century
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 17. Austro-Bavaria, 16th century. This manuscript contains an armorial of sixteenth-century Austro-Bavarian nobility.
Topics: Armorial, 16th century, German
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 4. Diocese of Treviso, Montello, Italy, 1468. This book contains the text of the Hexameron, a commentary by Ambrose of Milan on the biblical account of the six days of Creation. In red ink at the end of the text, the scribe Guglielmo de Cruces wrote a colophon giving himself credit for finishing the book in 1468 and stating that the copy was destined for use in the Carthusian monastery of Montello in Treviso. The text is followed by three short exempla...
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Treatise
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 22. Spain, Second half of the twelfth century. This manuscript is a twelfth-century Spanish monastic copy of Augustine's Enarrationes in Psalmos (Psalms 119-133), a commentary on the Psalms for preachers, followed by Augustine's Enchiridion, a treatise on Christian piety. The Enchiridion is prefaced by the paragraph from Augustine's Retractio about the treatise. The manuscript was held by the Abbey of Santa María de Benevívere in northern Spain, which was...
Topics: Commentary, 12th century, Spanish
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Linderman Library
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Lehigh University, Lehigh University, Special Collections, Lehigh Codex 15. Northeastern France(?) or Flanders(?), Late 14th or early 15th century. This damaged Book of Hours was likely produced in Northeastern France or Flanders in the late fourteenth century or early fifteenth century. The manuscript begins with a Calendar, which is lacking its first and last months. The book contains the Hours of the Virgin for Franciscan Use, followed by the Hours of the Cross and Hours of the Holy Spirit,...
Topics: 15th century, France, French
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 244. Bologna, Italy, Third quarter 13th century. This large manuscript contains the Infortiatum of Justinian's Digest of Roman Law, along with the thirteenth-century jurist Accursius's commentary. Accursius died in 1263, so this Bolognese manuscript of circa 1270-1280 is an early example of his work. Both the primary text and the commentary are extensively glossed, in near-contemporary and later medieval hands. The parchment evinces historic damage and...
Topics: 13th century, Italian, Annotated
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by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, LC 14 9.5. London?, England, Circa 1450. This manuscript contains the Statuta nova
Topics: Treatise, 15th century, English
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1923‑17‑1. Valladolid, Spain, 1574 May 28. This manuscript is a carta executoria issued under the name of Philip II of Spain in favor of Alonso Ximenez de Canizares, of Guadalajara, in response to his pleito de hidalguia (litigation to establish noble status), issued in Valladolid and dated 28 May 1574. The first page of the text is decorated with a large historiated initial depicting Canizares and his wife Maria de Zuniga, a coat of arms,...
Topics: 16th century, Spanish, Spain
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History
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Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History, Othmer MS 9. Northeastern France, Circa 1600-1640. This is a seventeenth-century copy of a fifteenth-century translation and re-working on the Rosarius Philosophorum.
Topics: 17th century, France, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Bryn Mawr College Library
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Bryn Mawr College Library, MS 44. Italy, Mid-15th century. This is a mid-fifteenth northern Italian manuscript, which contains nine books of letters by Leonardo Bruni.
Topics: 15th century, Italy, Italian
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑15. Bourges, France, Circa 1475-1480. This Book of Hours for the Use of Rome was made in Bourges, circa 1475-1480, and is known as the Victorines-d'Auxy Hours after its presumed patrons, grand maître de France Geoffroy de Victorines and his wife Catherine d'Auxy. The coats of arms on fols. 7r, 13r, and 79v may be theirs. If so, this would suggest the figures kneeling before the Virgin and Child on fol. 25r as Catherine and her...
Topics: Book of Hours, 15th century, French
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 186. Hildesheim?, Germany, Calendar contains Saint Ludger of Munster (26 March, fol. 2v), Saint Godehard of Hildesheim (5 May, fol. 3v), his translation (6 May, fol. 3v), and two entries for Bernward of Hildesheim (16 August, fol. 5r, and 20 November, fol. 6v); early marginal notes in a northern German dialect; Dr. Volkert F. Faltings of the Ferring Stiftung corrected the opinion expressed by Wolf (1937, p. 205) that the marginal notes were in a Frisian...
Topics: Psalter, German, Germany
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 242. France, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Bible copied in France, possibly Paris, with the prologues of Jerome and the Interpretationes Hebraicorum nominum (Interpretation of Hebrew names). It is written in two columns of textualis script with running titles and chapter numbers in red and blue letters. Its hierarchy of decoration includes historiated initials at a small number of book and psalm divisions; decorated initials at all...
Topics: Bible, 13th century, 14th century
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Library Company
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Library Company, 4. Augsburg, Germany, Circa 1520. This luxury Psalter appears to have been created for Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria (1493-1550), as suggested by the depiction of the arms of Bavaria on folio 32r. It contains the major Psalm groupings at Psalms 1, 26, 38, 52, 68, 80, 97, and 109, but also contains additional subdivisions for Sunday Vespers, and for Ferial Vespers. The Psalter is accompanied by the Canticles, Litany, and Collect (fols. 130r-146r). Appended in a slightly later hand...
Topics: Psalter, 16th century, German
Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis
by Free Library of Philadelphia
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 33. Paris, France, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a thirteenth-century Paris Bible.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 113. Paris, France, Early 16th century. This Book of Hours was made in Paris in the early sixteenth century for the Use of Rome. The calendar, in French, is embellished with miniatures of the zodiac and the labors of the month housed in architectural frames (fols. 1v-4r). The Gospel Lessons are accompanied by five small miniatures showing John's eagle (fol. 5r), Luke's bull (fol. 5v), Matthew's angel (fol. 6r) and Mark's lion (fol. 6v). They are framed by...
Topics: Book of Hours, 16th century, France
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 35. Pontigny?, France, Possibly a monastic study text from the Cistercian abbey at Pontigny, where Langton resided 1207-1213; between 1220 and 1230. This manuscript is a partial copy of Stephen Langton's commentary on the Pentateuch, covering Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. It was copied in France, possibly Pontigny, circa 1220-1230. It is not a fine copy, written on parchment of varying size, many sheets with irregular edges and holes, with very limited...
Topics: Commentary, 13th century, French
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 39. Italy, Possibly Siena or Venice; mid-13th century. This manuscript is a northern Italian Bible from the middle of the thirteenth century. It is decorated with sixteen historiated initials and numerous decorated and pen-flourished intials. Scrap leaves with chant notation and an index of incipits precede the Bible text, and the index of Hebrew names follows it.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 38. Siena?, Italy, Circa 1250. This manuscript is a Bible written in Italy, perhaps Siena, in the thirteenth century. Each book of the Bible begins with a historiated initial; approximately ten initials have been cut out, as well as outer half of the fourth leaf. The text of the Bible is written in two columns of rotunda script; it is followed by The Interpretation of Hebrew Names, also in two columns, which is missing the entries at the end after Zava....
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 134. Cologne, Germany, 16th century. This manuscript contains a prayer book.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 210. Burgundy?, France, Circa 1460-1470. This manuscript is a copy of a didactic work by Jean Germain, bishop of Chalon-sur-Saône in Burgundy, the text originally written in 1457. It illustrates the progress of the Church. The text describes in five parts a planned tapestry showing biblical and allegorical figures pulling a wagon bearing the Church Militant and explains their meanings. Six double-page watercolor illustrations of sections of the tapestry...
Topics: 15th century, French, Missing leaves
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 239. Metz?, Germany, Circa 1020. This manuscript is a copy of the Gospels written in Caroline Minuscule in Germany, possibly Metz, circa 1020. The prefatory material for the Gospel of Matthew is probably missing; the other Gospels have prefaces and synopses, but the first leaf of the Gospel text in each is missing and has been supplied later, perhaps in the fifteenth century. The lower margins have been cut from some leaves (fols. 60, 120, 143, 176, 182),...
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The Rosenbach, Free Library of Philadelphia, MS 1057/29. Paris or Tours, France, Between 1480 and 1500. This Book of Hours of the Use of Paris, produced in Paris or Tours between 1480 and 1500, includes a triple-graded French calendar containing many saints associated with Paris. The calendar is illustrated with marginal vignettes representing the labors of the months and the signs of the Zodiac. Each of the four Gospel Lessons is introduced with a large miniature, as are the Obsecro te and O...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 30. England, Oxford?; second quarter of the 13th century. This manuscript is a Bible with prologues (lacking the Psalms), written in England, possibly Oxford, in the second quarter of the thirteenth century. It is decorated throughout with blue initials flourished with red; running titles and chapter numbers in alternating red and blue letters; and rubrication and touches to capitals in red ink. It has frequent brief marginal notes from early owners, owner...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Widener 3. Flanders, Third quarter of the 15th century. This lavish Book of Hours (The Browne Hours) was made for the wealthy English merchant John Browne and his wife Agnes. The couple are portrayed as supplicants before the Mass of Saint Gregory on fol. 8v, and John Browne's trademark appears in the border of that page and also inside the back cover. The volume is remarkable in many aspects. It retains its original fifteenth century binding, complete with silver...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 46. France, Circa 1350. This manuscript contains a biblical commentary on select books of the Old Testament.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 43. Germany, Circa 1425. This manuscript contains a fifteenth-century commentary on the Epistles of Saint Paul written by the theologian Nicholas of Lyra (1270-1340), who taught at the Sorbonne in Paris in the early fourteenth century.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 129. Netherlands, Circa 1460. This manuscript is a Book of Hours for the Use of Utrecht, made in the Netherlands circa 1460. The text is the translation of Gerard Groote and is written in Gothic textualis script; the Hours of the Cross are missing. The manuscript has three large illuminated initials attributed to the Masters of Margriet Uutenham.
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The Rosenbach, Free Library of Philadelphia, MS 1004/29. York, England, 1364. A mid-fourteenth-century physician's belt book containing calendar, tables of solar and lunar eclipses, anatomical phlebotomy diagram, and urine wheel.
Topics: 14th century, English, England
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Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑14. Dijon?, France, Coats-of-arms of Étienne Thirion (gules, a warrior carnation/or armed with a club and a shield) and his wife (sable a cat sejant argent) on fol. 3r, identified in a seventeenth- or eighteenth-century hand, likely erroneously, as Minard with further notes in pencil suggesting the Champion of Auxerre or of Avalon as owners; both arms impaled on fol. 12r; portrait and coat-of-arms of Étienne Thirion on fol. 25v;...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 84. England, First half of 14th century. This manuscript is a fourteenth-century theological miscellany written in England. This manuscript contains a collection of theological writings, including Book III of Gregory the Great's Moralia in Job, an anonymous treatise entitled Summa de trinitate, Hugh of St. Cher's Speculum ecclesiae (Mirror of the Church), and Innocent III's De miseria conditionis humanae (On the misery of the human condition).
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 123. Rouen, France, Book of Hours produced in the late fifteenth century, probably at Rouen; hymn and prayer at end of manuscript probably written in the eighteenth century and bound in; late 15th century, with 18th-century additions. This manuscript is a late fifteenth-century illuminated book of hours, probably produced in Rouen. It is written in bâtarde and decorated with large miniatures with three-quarter borders at the hour divisions, including one...
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 229. Belém, Portugal, Mid-16th century. This Gradual contains liturgical texts and their musical settings for the feasts of saints from Saint Andrew to Saint Clement (fols. 1r-59r) and the Common of Saints (fols. 49r-140v). It is one of a number of large liturgical manuscripts in the collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia (MSS Lewis E 221-234) associated with the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, near Lisbon. Together, these books may have formed a...
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Lehigh University, Special Collections, Lehigh Codex 11. Italy, 1490. This is a fifteenth-century collection of medical texts, De Artetica and De Calculosa Passione, written by Antonio Guainerio. It was written in Italy, and a note on the inside cover in a modern hand dates the manuscript to 1490. The texts are known to be by Guainero, although this manuscript attributes them to Pope Nicholas V.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 50. Ghent?, Belgium, Use of Ghent; late 15th century. A Breviary of the Use of Ghent containing a calendar, tables, ferial psalter, and concluding prayers added in a different, but early, hand. Amendations to the calendar indicate a change of use early in the manuscript's history. The major textual divisions are marked by illuminated letters two-to-five lines high and three- or four-sided panels of acanthus leaf sprays.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 178. Cologne?, Germany, Circa 1450. This manuscript is a small but thick mid-fifteenth-century Latin prayer book with numerous prayers to Christ, Mary, and the saints. Twenty rather primitive miniatures depict events or objects from the Gospels and portraits of saints. It was written in Germany in textualis script, with a few prayers in Low German at the end (fols. 259v-261r) in a different hand. Its flyleaves are fragments from an earlier manuscript on...
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Library Company, 6. France, First quarter 15th century. This early-fifteenth-century manuscript contains the text of Nicholas of Lyra's commentary on the Psalms. The preface is introduced by a damaged historiated initial with an author portrait. Further illuminated initials mark the beginnings of Psalms 1, 26, 51, 80, 109. An early user has divided it into eight books according to the habitual Psalm divisions by means of the Roman numeral headings I-VII. Numerals for the last book are absent.
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